Letter of Herman Melville to John Murray, 29 October 1847

Following good reviews of his work from critics, Melville hoped to persuade Murray to pay him more.

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see Letterbook
ansd — Decr 3/47.

New York Oct: 29th 1847.


Dear Sir — I believe we have not
communicated since Omoo was published.
I have therefore to express to you my
gratification at the reception it has
been honored with in England. But I
can hardly conceal my surprise & dion
at the solemn incredulity respecting the
author which would seem to obtain so
widely. — Old Maga — God bless
his cocked hat! — shakes his venerable
head sagaciously, notwithstanding his keen
relish for the humans. Verily, could
he survey the portly figure & substantial
Dutch bearing of “m tanned uncle”
he would, perforce, confess that a little
flesh & blood extend into the composition
of my “avuncular relative” — whom Heaven
preserve! — As you
may possibly imagine, I am engaged